Canadians’ best defense against COVID-19 is to stay informed and be prepared. The following are credible sources of information.

Soon after the world started getting used to the terms coronavirus and COVID-19, the World Health Organization coined another word: "infodemic" — an overabundance of information and the rapid spread of misleading or fabricated news, images, and videos. Like the virus, it is highly contagious and grows exponentially. It also complicates COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.

The WHO estimates that 30% of the population needs to be “vaccinated” with good information in order to have some “herd immunity” against misinformation. Since misinformation originates in communities and can spread in private messaging and conversations among friends and families, the WHO encourages individuals to fact-check with their loved ones when necessary. More information is available from the WHO regarding the “infodemic” and COVID-19 mythbusters. 

 

20210318/cc:nd